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Old 04-24-2011, 02:39 PM
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Powerstroker Brains Vs Low Budget

The Truck is a 96 powerstroke auto.

Starting from the lowest cost up to the point where any of you would stop when tuning this truck. Considering that its a DD, and tows a gooseneck? What would you do? Where would you stop? Skys the limit for budget.

Im curious about what members opinions are and maybe the topic would cause alot of people to weigh in?

Hows mine?

Muffler/rez/cat delete. Cut out the restrictors and just replace with a straight piece at stock diameter.

Air Filter

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Ive had a cummins 12v and now have a chance to do a budget build on a powerstroke........plus turbo whistles and soot is my kind of porn!!

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Old 04-24-2011, 03:06 PM
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Buy some kind of chip, you could pick up an edge or superchip for 300$ if you looked good enough.
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No such thing as a budget build for a powerstroke. Especially not with $300, unless with ok with 50 more hp
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1 Delete muffler, cat and spend the money on a down pipe. Just look at the one in the truck its a huge point of restriction.
On second thought if u are being really thrifty (AKA cheep or budget minded). U cold pick up a 1" drill bit by 12" long and drill out ur cat and muffler. prybar and a hammer will also be handy.

2 DIY filter

2 FPR shim and the IDM mod Both increase throttle response. U can search them on the bored for more info

3 If u keep an eye out u can pick up a chip loaded with TW tunes on the for sale page for under $300.

All of this will make the truck more fuel efficiant with a little Hp increase.

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Old 04-25-2011, 07:34 AM
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exhaust and intake, fpr shim, IDM mod. for intake do the DIY 6637, about $45 if you buy from fleetfilter and get pipe at home depot.

other than that there is no budget build. your next step is a chip, after that your looking at injectors, turbo, hpop, etc...

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Thank you for all for the ideas!!

Also, i'm sure you get these questions posted a lot and it would have been pretty easy for someone to say "search stupid!" and noone did. To me thats a sign of a great forum with alot of great people!!

50hp and fuel savings sounds great to me!!

Brad and Angelina? Sid and Nancy? Obama and Michelle? Those may be matches made in heaven to the ordinary people in life. To me it has to be that perfect medley of a spooling turbo coupled with the low down dark diesel meeting at the tailpipe to create a combo second to none!!

This truck is mainly used to haul large horse trailers, or pack feed. Im not looking to make enough horsepower that i will start to compromise anything like the trans or axle shafts.

What about gagues? Pyro, boost ?? What about oil, fuel pressure?
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Hehe....I don't think you need to worry about damaging anything with a $300 budget. Do an oil change and filters along with a new belt and enjoy the thing.
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$300?? Might be lucky to fill up BOTH tanks.
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$300?? Might be lucky to fill up BOTH tanks.
I get it. My dollar amount is stupid.

What i should have said is what would you do starting from the lowest cost up to the point where any of you would stop when tuning this truck. Considering that its a DD, and tows a gooseneck? What would you do? Where would you stop? Skys the limit for budget. Hows that?

Thats what i should have asked. Sorry. Im curious about what members opinions are and maybe the topic would cause alot of people to weigh in?

BTW I gave myself a palm slap to the head over the $300 figure.

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For an OBS to make any serious hp gains over stock, it needs injectors and a chip. Stage one injectors run in the $1000-$1500 range. A chip $300-$400. Then you need to move air, DIY intake, a round down pipe and free flowing exhaust. (MBRP or Diamond Eye come to mind). EGT gauge a must, then look into an inter cooler. If it's an auto tranny, the E4Aod is the week link in the drive-train, any amount of added power and the trans will be looking for some upgrades. I'm not trying to discourage you from making more power with an OBS, but asking what hp gains you can get with $300 is like peeing into a shot glass thinking it won't overflow. Making power is like building a puzzle, you have to have all of the pieces to get the big pictures.
Welcome to the madness.
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